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Invasion of Oesel and Moon Islands, Estonia.

Film | Accession Number: 2003.458 | RG Number: RG-60.3908 | Film ID: 2690

"Ufa" logo; "Nr. 57" appear on screen. The narrator says, "Die Inseln Oesel und Moon in deutscher Hand." [The islands of Oesel and Moon in German hands]. Map showing Oesel (Saaremaa) and Moon islands, located between Latvia and Estonia. Luftwaffe planes in the air over the islands. German ships in the ocean; mines detonating in the water. Soldiers on board ship receiving orders. Cannons firing from the ship at Soviet positions. Germans in small motorboats race toward the island while planes overhead cover them and fire at a lighthouse/watchtower on the island. Planes bomb the island. Germans on the ground admiring a bomb crater made by a Stuka. Soldiers crossing a bridge between the two islands. A sign in German reads "Beware: Mines". Fighting on the island between the Germans and the Soviets. Back on the ocean, a ship brings vehicles (and perhaps horses?) to the island. The boat is unloaded onto the beach; nice shots of cars splashing into the water and driving onto the beach. Soviet prisoners sitting on the ground and boarding the ferry to be taken back to Estonia. German soldiers heading toward the capital of Oesel island. Views of the capital and of the Germans being greeted by smiling women in the doorway of a house.

Event:  1941
Production:  1941 October 01
Moon Island
Baltic region
Oesel Island
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of George R. Wheeler
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:03:57
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